Ultimate Packing List for Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando Packing List Essentials

One of the questions I get a lot is what should I put on my packing list for Universal Orlando? Today we’re going to go over what to pack for a fun day at any of the Universal Orlando Resort theme parks.


Before we get into the what to pack for Universal Orlando, your first question may be:

What’s the best itinerary for Universal Studios Orlando?

You’ll want to save time on your Universal Orlando trip, so you must have a game-plan to save time and see the most popular attractions.

You can grab your FREE Universal Orlando Resort Guidebook here!

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More questions you may have are:

What time does Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure open?

Universal Studios Florida is open 365 days a year from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. in the regular season.

Hours may change based on the busyness of the park.

How much does it cost to go to Universal Studios in Florida or Islands of Adventure?

The cost of admission starts at $125, but I like discounts so I use Undercover Tourist to find cheap Universal Studios tickets.

What should I do first at Universal Studios Orlando?

One of the best Universal Studios Orlando tips that I can give you is to start at Diagon Alley first.

This Harry Potter-inspired area will fill up quickly making the line for the two attractions (Escape from Gringotts and Ollivanders wand experience) extremely long.

Diagon Alley: Gringotts Bank with Dragon on top.
Diagon Alley: Gringotts Bank

Can I bring a backpack to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure?

You absolutely can as long as you do not pack any prohibited items.

To prevent any embarrassment at the security checkpoints, I’ve listed the items you are able to take with you inside of the Universal Orlando parks.

Please keep in mind that Universal is very strict on what it allows you to bring.

Acceptable items:

  • Bottled water
  • Small snacks that do not require heating
  • Any food required for medical purposes and medically indicated nutritional supplements
  • Food required for special dietary needs
  • Baby food/baby formula
  • Soft-sided insulated bags no larger than 8.5″ wide x 6″ high x 6″ deep


Prohibited items:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Picnic lunches
  • Food that requires heating or refrigeration
  • Glass containers
  • Hard-sided coolers
  • Soft-sided coolers larger than 8.5″ wide x 6″ high x 6″ deep
  • Suitcases and bags with wheels
  • Folding chairs
  • Clothing with offensive language or content
  • Clothing that represents someone as emergency personnel
  • Weapons of any kind

Hogwarts conductor Wizarding World of Harry Potter

What should I wear to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure?

Lightweight clothing such as shorts, leggings, comfy shoes, a t-shirt, a hat, and sunglasses are all perfect for your trip.

The key is to be comfortable, yet stylish!

Universal Studios packing list with pale white dragon on top of Gringotts Bank in Diagon Alley.
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Now that we got the basic questions out of the way, let’s check out the best packing list for Universal Orlando Resort!

What to Pack for Universal Orlando Resort

1 – Small Bag

Harry Potter Hybrid Bag

The Harry Potter Hybrid Bag is a brown faux leather bag with a card holder purse on back. It includes 11 card holders, an I.D. holder, and a fully lined 48″ Chain shoulder strap 7.5″ x 4.5.”

A Hipster approved bag that can carry your Universal Orlando packing essentials that’s not too big.

Harry Potter Purse
Harry Potter Purse You Can Get on Amazon

2 – Stylish but comfortable clothing

Get the official ThemeParkHipster t-shirt and rock out on your solo Universal Studios trip!

theme park clothes with hipster wearing shirt
Classic ThemeParkHipster Logo T-Shirt

3 – Comfortable shoes

Under Armour Men’s Strive 7 – 2E Training Cross-Trainer Shoe

I absolutely must have a pair of Under Armour shoes on for any theme park trip! I have found them to be the most comfortable sneakers that are long-lasting for those intense theme park trips.

This shoe is breathable and lightweight with a spacer mesh upper and stitched leather overlays for support & stability. Making it the perfect theme park shoe.

It also has a urethane welding & webbed lacing to lock down the ball of the foot.

4 – Small Snacks

Cookies Chips & Candies Snacks Variety Pack Bulk Sampler Assortment (Care Package 40 Count)

This food care package is put together by the Variety Fun company and great for a day at Universal Studios.

Just be sure to have your favorite snack available to help keep your Universal Orlando budget low.

5 – Have Universal Orlando App Downloaded

Universal Orlando Resort App
Universal Orlando Resort Map on the App

With the official Universal Orlando Resort™ App (free download), you can purchase and redeem select theme park tickets, see the latest wait times for rides and attractions, and more.

It’s also where you can map out your day before your trip, making it the ultimate must-have to make your trip even more epic.

6 – Autograph Book and Pen

Autograph Book: Celebrity Autograph Book for Adults & Kids, 100 Blank Pages, Starlight Design, Keepsake, Memory Book

The famous autograph book is always a theme park must have for fans of various icons. The inside pages contain 100 blank sheets of high quality white paper suitable for writing in pen or pencil.

7 – Photo Spot Checklist

Universal photo checklist
Universal Studios Florida Photo Checklist

You must have a list of some the most Instagram-worthy photo spots for your trip to both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure!

8 – Pennies for the Penny Machine

Pressed pennies are a relatively inexpensive souvenir and the machines that create them can be found at many attractions and landmarks around the park.

9 – The Solo Theme Park Traveler’s Guide Handbook

This book will show you how to courageously go to Universal Orlando Resort solo and how to save time and money while planning for your trip.

The lighthearted handbook will also dispel the myths of going to theme parks alone and will inspire you to create your own solo theme park memories.

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Click image to download your copy of the Solo Theme Park Traveler’s Guide!

10 – Universal Orlando Resort Guidebook

The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando is written by a former Universal Orlando employee.

He gives very detailed information on every Universal Orlando Resort ride, show, and restaurant in the resort, including insider details on Harry Potter’s Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

11 – Theme Park Tickets

Don’t forget to purchase your park tickets from a reputable source prior to your visit. The tickets can be printed out or stored in your mobile device for easy access once at the park gates.

Universal Studios one day guide with great big blue earth globe.

12 – Universal Orlando Resort Parks Maps

Be sure to download the park maps prior to your visit. It will give you an ideal game plan before you step foot into the Universal Orlando gates.

Universal Orlando Resort Map
Universal Orlando Resort Map

13 – Interactive Wand

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Professor Dumbledore Interactive Wand

Cast magical spells inside the Wizarding World with this full size recreation of the famous wand from the film series!

14 – Wizard Robe

Harry Potter Robe Adult Costume

Because no Wizarding World of Harry Potter trip is complete without the perfect Hogwarts robe!

15 – Hand Sanitizer

PURELL Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer – Travel Sized Jelly Wrap Portable Sanitizer Bottles, Scented – (1 oz, Pack of 8)

This theme park must have is essential when wanting to prevent any unnecessary germs.

And if you ever sit back and watch what people do with their hands before they touch a doorknob or ride handlebar, then you’ll understand why you cannot forget this item.

The PURELL Winter Season scents includes 4 winter inspired scents with JELLY WRAP carriers. The convenient 1-ounce flip top cap bottle attaches to purses, backpacks, key chains, diaper bags or gym bags.

16 – An Appetite for Butterbeer

As you make your way around the Universal Orlando resort, no trip would be complete without trying the staple drink, Butterbeer. You can have it many ways: frozen, warm, and served as ice-cream.

Butterbeer Ice Cream…Mmmm Diagon Alley

In case you’re a Muggle, Butterbeer is a drink mentioned several times in the Harry Potter books. It is the drink of choice for many of the adolescents through out the famous Wizarding story.

It’s a staple drink and a must have beverage whenever you visit Universal Studios.

How is Butterbeer served?

  • Cold Butterbeer
  • Frozen Butterbeer
  • Hot Butterbeer (seasonal)
  • Butterbeer Potted Cream
  • Fudge Butterbeer
  • Butterbeer Soft Serve Ice-Cream

Sooooo many options to chose from!!!

Where to find Butterbeer in Universal Studios Orlando?

You can find a Butterbeer offering of some sort inside the Diagon Alley section of Universal Studios at:

  • The Leaky Cauldron
  • The Hopping Pot
  • Sugarplum’s Sweetshop
  • Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour

Where to find Butterbeer in Islands of Adventure?

You can find a Butterbeer offering of some sort inside the Hogsmeade section of Islands of Adventure at:

  • Three Broomsticks
  • Hog’s Head pub
  • Honeydukes
  • The Butterbeer street carts
Incredible Hulk Islands of Adventure Tips with Green roller coaster.
Incredible Hulk at Islands of Adventure

Final Thoughts

Universal Orlando Resort has some of the best theme parks in the world! As long as you have a game-plan and be prepared for the parks, you’ll always enjoy your time at this amazing Orlando attraction.

Let me know some of your packing must-haves when you go to Universal Orlando in the comments section below.

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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!


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